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Undergraduate Course Catalog 2015-2016

College of Life Sciences and Agriculture


Wildlife and Conservation Biology


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Professor: John A. Litvaitis, Marianne Klauser Litvaitis, Peter J. Pekins, James T. Taylor
Associate Professor: Thomas D. Lee
Research Associate Professor: Adrienne I. Kovach
Assistant Professor: Rebecca J Rowe
Extension Associate Professor: Matthew D. Tarr

The wildlife and conservation biology major is for students interested in the ecology, conservation, and management of the wildlife resource and habitat. It is designed to provide knowledge of wildlife species and their various forest, field, and wetland habitats; related policy and law; and ultimately, wildlife management and conservation. Students are prepared for employment with public and private agencies in wildlife conservation and management, or for continued study at the graduate level.

Students are encouraged to participate in ongoing field and laboratory research conducted by faculty and graduate students during the academic year.  It is very important for students to obtain pertinent work experience during summers.

Freshman Year
NR 400, Professional Perspectives in Natural Resources
NR 401, Introduction to Natural Resources
BIOL 411, Introductory Biology: Molecular and Cellular
BIOL 412, Introductory Biology: Evolution, Biodiversity and Ecology
ENGL 401, First-Year Writing
MATH 424B, Calculus for Life Sciences, or MATH 420, Finite Mathematics
NR 425, Field Dendrology, or PBIO 566 Systematic Botany
NR 433, Wildlife Ecology
Discovery electives

Sophomore Year
BIOL 528, Applied Biostatistics I
CHEM 403 and CHEM 404, General Chemistry or
CHEM 411, General Chemistry and BMCB 501, Biological Chemistry
ENGL 501, Introduction to Creative Nonfiction, or ENGL 502, Professional and Technical Writing, or ENGL 503, Persuasive Writing, or CMN 500, Public Speaking
EREC 411, Environmental and Resource Economics Perspectives
NR 527, Forest Ecology, or BIOL 541, General Ecology
NR 640, Wildlife Population Ecology
NR 655, Vertebrate Biology, or NR 712, Mammology, or ZOOL 542, Ornithology, or ZOOL 710, Ichthyology
Discovery electives

Junior Year
NR 602, Natural Resources and Environmental Policy
NR 650, Conservation Biology
NR 658, Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
NR 615, Wildlife Habitats, or NR 603, Landscape Ecology
NR 664, Conservation Genetics, or ZOOL 690, Evolution
NR 625, Physiological Ecology, or ZOOL 625, Animal Physiology, or ZOOL 713, Animal Behavior
Discovery electives

Senior Year
Capstone course
NR 642, Biogeography, or NR 765, Community Ecology, or NR 603, Landscape Ecology
Discovery electives

Course choices for electives and the capstone requirement are provided in the detailed curricular guidelines available from the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment. Do not double count elective courses with courses taken for specific requirements.

Students interested in the wildlife and conservation biology major may consult with the program coordinator, John A. Litvaitis:, (603) 862-2094.

General Science Certification
See Department of Education and COLSA/Degrees.

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